Course for wig makers




The students are not only involved in intensive practical exercises in the classroom but also in real world contexts, doing makeup and hairdressing for Academy artists in various opera and ballet productions.



The internships take place at major performing arts venues in Italy and abroad.



Receiving instruction from Teatro alla Scala professionals and watching as they work behind the scenes is a unique and invaluable educational experience.



Course staff is constantly at the student’s side, guiding them through classroom lessons and orienting them in their professional choices.



The skills acquired in this course apply to all types of productions—operas, ballets, plays, cinema, television— and also to photography, fashion, advertising, and events.



The final examination committee is composed of the main course teachers and an external commissioner who is a professional in the field.



Students are provided tools and materials of the highest professional quality..



Students will be able to confer with one of the teachers of the Photo, video and new media course to prepare his or her own portfolio.

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RECAP 2024-25

Curricular units
- Corrective and beauty makeup techniques (Mara Casasola)
- Theatre makeup techniques (Sofia Motta)
- Beards and hairpieces (Gherardo Filistrucchi)
- Hairdressing and historical hairdressing techniques (Michele Tiano and professional hairdressers)
- Special effects techniques (Roberto Mestroni)
- Introduction to the bodypainting and hairbrush
- History of theatre costumes (Luca Morando)
- Music appreciation (Fabio Sartorelli, Vito Lentini)
- Introduction to musical theatre (Andrea Massimo Grassi, Umberto Bellodi, Filippo Toppi)
- Color theory and matching
- Cosmetology (Elisabetta Casale)
- Interpersonal relations (Rita Cannata, Lucilla Mazzucchelli)
- Contract law and self-entrepreneurship (Gianfranco Daniele)
- Teambuilding (Jacopo Guarneri)
- Career orientation (Jacopo Guarneri)
- Workplace safety (Sergio Tasca)
- Guided practical exercises (Cristina Davite, Federica Domestici, Camilla Passavini)
- Basic portfolio photography (Laura Ferrari)
- Personal branding
- Anatomy for art (Silvia Cerioli and other professionales)
- English (Polly James)
- Project work

This list may be subject to change.
Teaching staff
- Umberto Bellodi, coordinator at Accademia Teatro alla Scala
- Rita Cannata, HR specialist
- Elisabetta Casale, cosmetologist
- Mara Casasola, make-up artist at Teatro alla Scala
- Silvia Cerioli, mock-up artist
- Gianfranco Daniele, business consultant
- Cristina Davite, special make-up artist
- Federica Domestici, make-up artist at Teatro alla Scala
- Laura Ferrari, stage photographer and digital processing expert
- Gherardo Filistrucchi, wig maker
- Andrea Massimo Grassi, musician and teacher of bibliographic subjects
- Jacopo Guarneri, coordinator at Accademia Teatro alla Scala
- Polly James, native English teacher
- Vito Lentini, ballet historian
- Roberto Mestroni, special make-up artist
- Lucilla Mazzucchelli, psicologist
- Luca Morando, costume designer
- Sofia Motta, make-up artist
- Camilla Passavini, make-up artist at Teatro alla Scala
- Fabio Sartorelli, musicologist
- Sergio Tasca, safety trainer
- Michele Tiano, deputy head of make-up artists and wig makers at Teatro alla Scala
- Filippo Toppi, coordinator at Accademia Teatro alla Scala

This list may be subject to change.
Length and attendance
The course will last from November 13, 2024 to July 31, 2025.
The attendance is mandatory, 5 days a week from 9 am to 6 pm.
Some theoretical lessons could be proposed online.
Admission requisites
-Age between 18 and 35 years old;
- Secondary-school diploma or three-year profession.
Scholarship and loan
Scholarships, tuition exemptions, student loans, and other forms of financial aid bring training of the highest artistic quality complemented by direct practical experience in the chosen field within the reach of all.

Scholarships. One or more scholarships covering all or a part of tuition are available to students who pass the selection process and request one. Students whose ISEE (Equivalent Financial Status Indicator) is 20,000 euros or less are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Application instructions will be provided at the end of the selections in a specific announcement.

Merit loans and student loans. Thanks to the collaboration of certain banks, Academy students in good standing may also benefit from other forms of financial aid to cover tuition or lodging costs.
For further information, please contact the teaching office:
Selection process
Applicants must pass a three-phase selection process to be admitted to the course:
- a written tests, assessing basic knowledge of theatre makeup and hairstyling;
- two practical exercises, one involving applying makeup to a model and one involving hairstyling using a dummy;
- a personal interview, focusing on the applicant’s motivations, aptitudes, and expectations.

The selection process will take place in two sessions at the Academy facilities at Via Santa Marta 18, Milan.

Those who enroll in and pass the first session will be eligible for a tuition discount. Those who do not pass the first session will have the option of enrolling in the second session but will lose the right to a tuition discount.

The Academy will offer a preparatpry workshop on March 9 and 10, 2024 (2-day program) and in July from 15 to 19, 2024 (one week program). For additional information and the enrollment procedure contact:
Academic qualifications issued by a non-Italian institute must be submitted together with a certificate of legal recognition in Italy per Italian law.
- if the academic qualifications were earned in a European Union Member State, the certificate must be accompanied by a sworn translation (traduzione asseverata);
- if the academic qualifications were earned in a country outside of the European Union, the certificate must be accompanied by a certificate of equivalence of qualification issued by the Italian embassy in that country (dichiarazione di valore in loco).

In both cases, you must include an Italian translation of your CV.

Furthermore, per Italian law and the regulations of the Italian Public Security Agency, applicants residing outside of the European Union who have passed the selection process must submit, on or before the day that lessons begin, a temporary residence permit for purposes of study (permesso di soggiorno per motivo di studio) or an official receipt of application for the same.

You must apply within:
April 26, 2024 for the first round of selections
September 18, 2024 for the second round.

Register or login to the Academy enrollment platform at
Your email and the password you choose will become your login credentials [username and password] that can be used again for subsequent visits. You will also be asked to read the privacy notice.

After registering, enter the information requested for the specific applicant following the step-by-step. You will asked to download, sign, and attach the Terms & Conditions “Condizioni di contratto per la partecipazione". This step is necessary to proceed with the application process.

  • 1 passport-sized photo;
  • your full cv, completed and signed as described onto the announcement;
  • your passport;
  • certification of studies (please read the announcement).

You will be asked to pay the application fee of 100 € directly online via credit/debit card or credit transfer. The payment must be made online directly through the enrollment platform (do not close the page before paying).

A summary of entered data is generated at the end of the above steps: download it, sign it and attach it where required.
When uploaded, the application will be completed and it will be sent to the Students' Office. The following communications and steps are described into the announcement.


Special thanks to Fondazione Rocca and Fondazione Cecilia Gilardi

The course is funded through the Regional Operational Program and co-financed by the European Social Fund 2014-2020 of Regione Lombardia.
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